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Russian River Toronado 20th Anniversary

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Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.11   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 313   ABV: 10.43%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Toronado blend was 5 different beers blended together disproportionately:

1. Belgian style Quadruple aged in Firestone Walker (used) Double Barrel Ale barrels
2. Belgian style Strong Dark Ale Ė batch A in red wine barrels
3. Belgian style Strong Dark Ale Ė batch B in red wine barrels
4. Belgian style Pale Ale aged in wine barrels with Brett
5. Sonambic 100% spontaneously fermented ale Ė this was used to add acidity to the beer.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drowland (7059) - Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2012
Bottle shared by Justin (I think) at the SeaBass going away tasting. Yeasty sour aroma with a hint of roasted malts. Sour malty flavor again with roasted malts and touches of sour acid and more. Nice, glad to have tried it!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle at the DC Lambic & Sour Tasting on April 14, 2012. Served in a Russian River TION goblet. Big thanks to Brad for bringing out this long-time want of mine. Pours a clear amber-red with a small off-white head with pretty good retention. Average lacing on the way down as it makes its way to a collar. The nose carries some really nice cherry and earth notes with a touch of port and vinous red-wine character in the background. A touch of woodiness to it as well. The flavor continues down that path with a nice mix of earth, cherry, black currant, and light plum, resulting in something thatís reminiscent of some red wines. Long duration with moderately-heavy acidity and light-to-moderate funk. Medium body with a slight chewiness to it. Carbonation is average. Finish is dry. Really an excellent beer and its complexity has withstood the test of time. After having this, Iím all the more motivated to seek out T25 this summer. Vinnie can really do some great things with wild ales.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nimbleprop (6066) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 24, 2011
750ml bottle pours a transparent orange with some cloudy, white head. Nose is approachable, grapefruit, lemons, grass, a little sugar, some raspberry. Flavor is very well balanced, lightly sweet, lightly tart, grapefruit, lemons, grass, a little pithy, some light white wine vinegar. Medium bodied, tart finish. Very well balanced. Well proportioned.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Thanks ygtbsm94! Hazy orange amber pour with a massive off white head. Awesome lactic sourness, cider hints, dark fruit, nectar fruit, and cheesy brett. Perfect caressing silky carbonation with a super dry finish. Awesome balance of dark fruit characteristics with Beatification.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2300) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 12, 2011
HUGE thanks to ygtbsm94 for bringing this whale!! Hazy orange amber pour, small head. Nose holds delightful lacto notes, wood, cider, red plum, and complex dark fruit with fig and raisin. The flavor brings increased presence of cheesecloth Brett that mixes with beautiful fruity plum, peach, and vinous notes. Awesome carbonation with an extremely dry finish. Delightful!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750mL thanks to ygtbsm94. The man, the myth, legend. He lives! Pours a hazy, reddish amber almost brune with a towering, thick tan head leaving perfect sheets of full lace. Oh yes. Nose is play of big sour cherries and strawberries with dark, dried fruits. Big red wine barrel character and seedy berries. Taste is pretty awesome- sort of feels like a blend of Supplication and Beatification, which is essentially what this is exactly plus some Sanctification and and odd BA Mortification? Big red wine barrel and spicy oak comes through from the Supplication and then lemon peel and grapefruit rind from the Beatification. Tangy, bitter, mineral laden palate. Refreshing...such a treat even though Iíve been told its a shadow of its former self.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Orange yellow pour. Moderately tart flavor. Very dry and bitter. Notes of pineapple, citrus peel. Some oak and cherry lingers in the aftertaste. Very complex with lots of subtle notes. Goes down very smooth and easy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (16426) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94, thank you sir! Murky variegated golden brown color, large tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of sour pears, apricots. Taste is sourdough brown bread, stone fruits, nice funk.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2968) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle. Cloudy orangish/brown pour with a nice sized off white/tan head. Sour apricot and cherry aromas. A complex ale with many things going on: sour cherries, other stone fruits, vinegar, vanilla, oak, and black currant all blend nicely with the caramel malt notes. It doesnít have huge barnyard or funk notes like I was expecting, more like a bad ass sour bruin or Flanders style ale in my opinion. Still a fantastic ale that Iím really glad I got to finally crack open and drink...

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
darkguardian (727) - Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Big thanks to Matt for sharing this amazing and rare beer with me. Pours a cloudy mahogany with a strong tan head. Nose is lightly sour and moderately funky with some light vinegar notes and some cherry and wine grape character. Flavor is full bodied and lightly roasty on the backend with a balanced sour and fruit component. Fairly noticable cherry/currant flavor. Finishes lightly sour with very light vinegar. Extremely well done beer, not their best, but still a damn fine beer worthy of its lofty reputation. Again, huge thanks to 50belair.


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